UFC star Bryan Caraway said on May 18 in an exclusive Facebook discussion with Long Island MMA Examiner Eric Holden that he used a poor choice of words in his anti-weed rant that made headlines this week.
“It was a poor choice of words I got ahead of myself,” Caraway said. “I meant you have no tolerance for people who smoke weed knowing its illegal or banned and get in trouble for it. I have plenty of friends who smoke and they are great people. I personally just choose not to use it. Pat Healy is actually my bro and I felt bad because I didn’t mean it that way. Sometimes I’m a knuckle head.”
Caraway’s most recent comments came just days after he was awarded one of Pat Healy’s $65,000 checks that originally slipped away from him at UFC 159.
Healy tested positive for marijuana use, so he was forced to give up his UFC 159 bonus payout.
Instead of just cashing the check, Caraway rubbed some the wrong way by making anti-weed comments in an MMA Junkie article.
“I hate weed,” Caraway told MMA Junkie. “I cannot stand it. I’ve never tried it. I’ve never smoked a drug in my life. So I have absolutely zero tolerance for people that do it. I don’t care if it’s legal in some places or not. I think it’s absolutely ridiculous. Whether it’s legal in real life or not, they tell you to follow the rules. You need to follow the rules.
Caraway used to be known as Miesha Tate’s boyfriend, but he’s quickly making his own name for himself. He says it feels good to finally get some recognition, after years of hard work put into the sport.
“It was the best five-day decision I’ve ever made,” Caraway said of fighting at UFC 159. “There’s going to be haters in this sport, but I know I’m a genuinely good person, and I know that’s eventually going to shine through. People are going to start seeing my character and that I’m a tough dude. It does feel good to get recognition. It’s welcoming.”
As for when he fights next, Caraway said he’s strongly considering surgeries for his shoulder and his knee, but he also wants to stay active. No word yet on when he returns to the cage.
“I don’t want to get my shoulder surgery because I know it’s going to put me out for three, four, five, possibly six months, and that scares me,” he said. “I’ve fought all my UFC fights with my shoulder torn, so we’ll see what happens. I want to get back in there and fight soon, but Miesha is going to force me to get my shoulder fixed because she’s going to kick my butt, and I don’t want that.”